African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 389

Full Length Research Paper

China's non-intervention policy in Africa: Principle versus pragmatism

Sigli M. Mumuni
  • Sigli M. Mumuni
  • School of Political Science and Public Administration, Shandong University, China.
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  •  Received: 07 March 2017
  •  Accepted: 16 August 2017
  •  Published: 30 September 2017


China’s adherence to its policy of non-intervention in its engagement in Africa has sparked a lot of debate. A closer examination will however reveal some inconsistencies with Beijing’s official pronouncements versus its actions on the ground. This study seeks to explore this contradiction in China's nonintervention policy in Africa. Through a focused case study on China’s actions in Sudan and South Sudan, it is clear that the non-intervention policy has not always been in sync with China’s actions. The study also argues that though Beijing may need to rethink its policy in light of increasing investments on the continent as well as Western and domestic pressure to take more responsibility, any potential adjustments will likely assume a more contextual and tactical nature, as opposed to broad ranging and strategic.


Key words: China, Africa, non-intervention, non-interference, foreign policy.